Pia is a digital marketer, writer and certified transformational coach. She taps into her leadership coaching skills to develop effective social media campaigns, create marketing strategy, provide communications training and serve as a thought partner.
You might be familiar with her by way of the Internet, public speaking or from features in ABC News, People magazine and Bustle. She made waves through the web with Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick, a blog that questions conventional notions of beauty and empowers women. While writing articles about body image, she has spent the last eight years working in social justice nonprofits at both the direct service level and policy level. She served as the digital communications manager for Advancement Project California. For nearly a decade, she’s worked as a consultant with Zimmer Children’s Museum’s youTHink program, where she uses the power of art to empower youth in grades 5-12 to sharpen their critical thinking and civic engagement skills.
Pia’s strong suit is connecting people to a common language and to skills they can use to better communicate with each other and the world. Her clients for training and social media campaigns include California Conference for Equity and Justice, Los Angeles Unified School Districts, Urban Peace Institute and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Pia is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is also an accredited transformational coach through Leadership That Works. Since 2003, she has been studying and performing improvisation and acting at the Studio Theater, Bang Comedy Theater and Improv Olympics West. Pia uses life coaching and improv to help adults, children and organizations to develop better communication skills and increase their self-awareness, confidence and creative-thinking abilities. Her most recent work, through youTHink, involved putting together an improv curriculum to address issues of inequality using “Theater of the Oppressed” concepts for underserved students in LAUSD schools in East L.A. and South L.A.
When she’s not writing her blog or shopping for funky jewelry, Pia enjoys cooking for friends and family, eating dairy free chunky monkey ice cream, and spending quality time with her husband, Will and son, Paolo.